Adirondacks Continue to Amaze Riders with Sunny Days and Beautiful Vistas
[Note: This is the second of three blogs about Cycle Adirondacks, which runs from August 23-29. ]
For the past few days, Cycle Adirondacks participants have seen beautiful biking habitats, rolling hills, green-hued farm fields, and quiet back roads of the Tug Hill Plateau, just west of the Adirondacks. As we rode into Camden, N.Y., I even saw a tree full of birdhouses and a bird motel.
Our merry band on the Riders for the Wild team enjoyed all the special touches on this cycling adventure: the rest stop bananas; a wifi and recharging center; carefully marked recycling containers; free admission to the Maple Museum in Croghan, N.Y.; special adventure tours for companions who are not riding; nightly concerts; and a unique riders field guide to the ecology of the places we pedal through. My husband had four flats in a single day so quickly made friends with the helpful volunteers in a van. He earned a new nickname: “Pssssssssssssst Peter” before a worn tire was diagnosed.
During a lunch break yesterday, Dr. Heidi Kretser, Conservation Coordinator for WCS’s North America Program, mentioned that the Adirondack’s 500-1,000 moose are closely related to the Vermont and New Hampshire populations and first reappeared in the area around Whitehall, N.Y. about 30 years ago. She also told us about a healthy male mountain lion killed on a Connecticut road several years ago. DNA analysis of scat and hairs indicate he traveled over 1,200 miles from South Dakota, through Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Adirondacks, and down to Connecticut.